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the president's pick to head the pentagon, former republican senator chuck hagel, came under fire from members of his own party during a very contentious confirmation hearing. >> name one person in your opinion who's intim nated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> senator hagel, please answer the question i asked. today, do you think unilateral sanctions would be a bad idea? >> all this raising questions about how effective chuck hagel will be if confirmed as secretary of defense. earlier this weekend, i sat down for a rare joint interview with the top military leadership issue the outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. >>> secretary panetta, welcome back to "meet the press." general dempsey, welcome. let me start with the man that is poised to take your place. he underwent on thursday a pretty tough round of questioning. he seemed to struggle with a lot of the answers. of course this is chuck hagel, the former republican senator from ne
the job and the confidence of the generals in the building. this is a problem. if i were chuck hagel, i'd go to the president right now and say, do you still have confidence in me? do you think i can do the job? >> you would offer to withdraw? >> you have to if you think you won't be effective because of what's happened.çó i think you have to ask privately that question. >> ana, a lot of the conversation that the white house is trying to say, this was all politics. let me play a clip of your old boss questioning chuck hagel. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no. >> my reference to the -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well -- >> i would like the answer whether you were right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> well, let the record show yo
another pitch for his middle-class agenda after chiding congress for not confirming chuck hagel as secretary of defense. >> it is unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> republicans blocked a vote on chuck hagel, and democrats could try to get him observe -- confirmed with a majority, or president obama could confirm him while congress is in recess. the same for john brennan. also still in limbo are the billion dollar automatic spending cuts that could affect 3 million jobs. >> nobody should like it, but the sequester is there because the president insisted it would be there. where is his plan to replace the sequester? ask why are we leaving when we should stay here case -- to work this out? >> if they leave as scheduled, they come back with just four days to prevent it from happening. >> that leaves just four days to do what congress has been unable to do in months. >> next, your maryland lottery numbers, a check of the forecast, but hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a hear
. >> the nomination of chuck hagel was blocked. there were only 58 votes. the gop is holding up the confirmation. we'll have more on how this affects the president's cabinet in a live report in 50 minutes. -- 15minutes. >> now weather and traffic together on the 1's. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. we are looking good southbound on the harrisburg expressway approaching padonia road. 60 on 795 near owings mills boulevard. 54 on the j.f.x. as you come off the beltway. we're north of security boulevard and volume is building but no delays. topside of the beltway at york road is looking good. >> good morning. 32 at martin state airport. 35 in pasadena. it will be chilly this morning. it will be a mild afternoon this afternoon. rain, snow in the seven-day forecast. >>fun for you. 5:12. some workers back on the way to wasparrows point. hacking scheme.ew if you have some staples if you have some staples rewards, it is about to i'm drinking dunkin'. i'm just in love with the flavor. i get mine black. i don't want to take away from that pure taste. so smooth, no bitterness. it's
at odd on two fronts, the battle over the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. it has now been delayed for another week, that vote. $8.5 billion of automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in two weeks' time if no agreement is reached. we have it all covered this morning and we want to start with a view from the white house. in washington, the job of white house chief of staff is known as the most powerful post in town and there is a new man occupying that seat of power and he is here with us this morning on "meet the press," his first appearance. but who he? how did he get here? denis mcdonough is one of 11 kids and qualification enough in a small town in minnesota. he was a high school football star. he cut his teeth in politics and working in the house for congressman lee hamilton and in the senate for majority leader tom daschle and later for barack obama. when he decided to make a run for the white house in 2008 he tapped mcdonough to be his foreign policy adviser to the campaign. the president announced him as his pick, mcdonough involved in every major forei
's talk about the agenda items. chuck hagel's nomination is held up. the expectation is he'll ultimately be confirmed but bill cohen said something this week to politico that caught my attention that does underline the problems that hagel could have as defense secretary. he said it's going to put him in a difficult position once he gets there. those resentments will weigh around. i think it's tragic what is happening and i think it's shameful. if he is confirmed, is' weaker defense secretary and is that something that weighs on the president's mind? >> no, he is not going to be a weaker defense secretary. he will be a great defense secretary. he volunteered to go to vietnam. heavily decorated when he was there. the last four years as the president chairman of the president intelligence advisory board in the senate where he is a leading republican senator. he is always done the hard work and made it look easy and exactly what he did. john mccain will be coming up in a couple of minutes saying frankly republicans don't like him i-i had an opportunity to talk to senator mccain about this. s
that afternoon in the fight over chuck hagel, two republicans questioned the loyalty of vietnam vet hagel. >> we saw with his nomination something truly extraordinary, the government of iran formally and publicly praising the nomination of a defense secretary. >> i would say he's endorsed by them. you can't get any closeyer then that. chris: that was the backdrop by 9:00 that night when the president told the same republicans the country expects more. >> they don't expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. but they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party. chris: that was the presint, michael, but historically speaking, you're the expert. why does the president speak so grandly of bipartisanship? and a new day has dawned and so many in the republican party seem to say no, tpwhever had an election. there's still a divide? >> he said because the party does not have the house. probably talking very differently if they did. the other thing, chris, especially after re-election, the opposition party is usually pretty angry they lost it. 1937 republicans tried to cut do
are feared trapped in the rubble. >>> plus, clinton hshg rides off in the sunset, chuck hagel gets downright offensive. and lions and tigers and bears, oh my, "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, february 1st, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. super bowl weekend is here as fans of both the baltimore ravens and the san francisco 49ers descend upon new orleans, the town known for its lavish matters is gearing up for one of its biggest parties ever. nbc's jay gray is live for the latest. >> reporter: good morning, mara. from outside the beautiful superdome lit up in new orleans. look, depending on your perspective, a lot of people either ending their party or continuing into new orleans. the perfect city to hold such a big bash. a lot of people looking forward to the game. but as you talked about, a lot of people looking forward to a lot of things. for many, it's the ads that air on super sunday. we have a sneak peek of some you'll see. >> hey, son, have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ >> you know what this room needs? a smile. who wants to come with
blocking at least temporarily the nomination of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. the motion to move toward a final vote failed 58-40. it's the first time a defense secretary naum he nominee has needed to clear 60 votes. the move is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there's still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. majority leader harry reid plans to bring up the matter when congress returns from recess at the end of the month. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday president obama again defended his administration's use of drones on the war on terror insisting everything he
the nomination of chuck hagel. voting along party lines, that are services committee voted 14- 11 to send the nomination to the full senate. the former republican senator faces strong opposition from gop senators. the question whether he is supportive of israel or too tolerant of iran. some republicans are threatening to filibuster the nomination. if he does become secretary of defense, north korea will be one area of focus. the country defied the international community by conducting its third nuclear test last night. no. korea as calling the past its response to what it describes as u.s. threats. the u.s. security council warned the tusk were a clear threat to international peace and security. -- the tests wre a clear threat to international peace and security. >> new research suggests a certain supplement can we discuss -- reduced the risk of artisan. >> a storm approaching from the south bring rain and snow. >> smoke blaneketed a baltimore county neighborhood tonight. firefighters were called to the home of 8400 block of stock would block for a chimney fire -- 8400 block of dogwood bl
in benghazi. chuck hagel has not been confirmed. also waiting for confirmation, john brennan, nominee for head of the cia. brennan won praise after the thursday confirmation hearing, where he defended drone attacks on terror suspects. tracie potts has the latest from capitol hill. >> truth, full truth -- >> it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers after defending drone attacks on terror suspects, even american spirit at least three whad been killed so far. >> any american who did that should know that they are part of an enemy against us and the united states will do anything possible to destroy the enemy. >> drones are used against imminent threats, but some are so concerned if it is legal and wonder what if the cia takes out the wrong person. >> we have got to see any and all of those legal opinions, the ones that the bipartisan group senators asked for, before the vote. >> protests prompted lawmakers to clear the room just as brennan was getting started. >> i also think it was important for you to set the record straight. >> brennan also said he objected to que
at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social media network shot up 10%. thanks to earnings that dealer doubled. >>> boeing stocks go higher. federal investigators have given the green light to testing of the dreamliner. >>> we'll see how apple fared day after. david iron horn called the company out for the bailout of cash. apple said it's consider the proposal of shares. they could build a stack of dollar bills. 9,000 miles high. they could foot the country's education bill for two years. they could give every apple employee a $1.7 million bonus. or better yet, give every american a check for $437. >>> back to the real world where hewlett-packard is following in app
-- the person up for defense secretary, chuck hagel, but chuck hagel is a step closer tonight, brian. he got through a key committee and there might be a full vote on his confirmation by as early as thursday. >> chuck todd, wheel is more of you later tonight. thanks. >>> and let's bring in the rest of our team, joined by three former nbc news white house correspondents here in the studio, david gregory, andrea mitchell and savannah guthrie, not an attempt to make anybody feel old, david, we will start with you. what are you looking for tonight? >> this is ultimately about the economy. economic restoration is really what the president those focus on in a second term. he has got opportunity here on guns. you will see a big show of that tonight, on immigration. he can work with republicans but there is bedrock opposition. i spent time with the house speaker today. these two sides are so far apart on taxes and spending. they don't see a way really to get together. i think it's going to be tough speech from that point of view and i think republicans are only gonna dig in. >> savannah, atmospheric
. >>> senate republicans block a vote to confirm defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd has the very latest. good morning, chuck. >> good morning, natalie. president obama is standing by his embattled defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel as his former senate republican nominee put up that roadblock that is an attempt not just to kill the nomination but also delay it. >> the ayes are 58. the nays are 40. >> chuck hagel came up short of a 60 vote filibuster roadblock that senate republicans demanded, delaying what could still be his confirmation vote by at least two weeks. president obama was emphatic in his defense of his embattled nominee. >> chuck hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate, will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still preside iin over a war in afghanistan. >> reporter: some republicans want more time because they say hagel hasn't provided enough information on speeches he gave in the last five years
. president obama will host a farewell ceremony for leon panetta today. chuck hagel has yet to be confirmed. >> the grammy awards are this sunday. talent has been asked to adequately cover their private parts and avoid see through clothing. that eliminates your entire wardrobe. supporting and organized cause. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you agree with producers giving dress code requirements at events like the grammys and the oscars? you can share your response on wbaltv.com, on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> no see-through, eh? >> >> now weather and traffic together on the 1's. >> the roads are wet. we could be dealing with sleet. 65 on southbound 83. this is a live picture at york road. 64 on southbound 95. so for some wet roads. moving well on southbound 95 moving out of the northeast. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> 32 degrees with light rain at fort meade. light rain is the rule this morning. mostly rain in the forecast today. northeast winds at about 10 to 15 miles per hour. most of the east is messed up.
. chris: they go for the middle. >> chuck hagel went through some very tumultuous confirmation hearings for defense secretary which he hasn't been confirmed yet, hasn't even been voted out of the armed services committee. but leon panetta is having him say goodbye to his employees tuesday, this coming week. he's planning on getting out of there. he can stay after the goodbye but it's a big -- chris: to vote next week. >> interesting footnote on the debate whether to arm the syrian rebels. we now know last summer the c.i.a. director petraeus, secretary of state clinton denouncing secretary defense panetta and the joint chiefs said yeah, let's do it. in the fall after it was turned down, they red-teamed it to see what the effect would have been and their conclusion was it would not have been decisive if the u.s. had followed that program of arming rebels in part because the rebels already have so many weapons anyway, that's not their problem. chris: one thing i like about that story, it tells who makes the decisions. >> the reason it's happening -- chris: the president -- >> i'm ending tw
making news this morning. chuck hagel is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense. the senator armed services committee approved his nomination along party lines 14-11. hearings became heated after texas senator ted cruz suggested hagel received money from what he called quote extreme and radical groups. >> this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he's served his country and no one on this committee at anytime should impugn his character or his integrity. >> meanwhile, treasury secretary jack lew heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing. it's confirmed that he will succeed timothy geithner. >>> conditions seem to be going from bad to worse aboard the abandoned cruise ship. those on board said filled with sick passengers, scarce food and only a handful of toilets. the ship is being towed. >>> and a tiny affenpinscher beat out hundreds to win best in show at the westminster kennel club. banana joe, or joe, was best in show. >>> and a little m and a act
will have to wait at least another week for an up or down vote in the senate. it now appears chuck hagel will get the vote when senators return. two top republicans say they will stop efforts to stall his confirmation. that filibuster came a day after hagel was approved by the armed services by a party-line vote. one of his most vocal opponents says while he doesn't believe hague sell qualified, he won't hold up the process. >> i thought we had an agreement to wait a week so the remaining questions would be answered, but i understand the white house wanted a vote. they got a vote. we will have a vote when we get back. i'm confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. >> the gop it says blocked hagel's nomination in an effort to further examine his record and views on israel and iran. senate majority leader harry reid hopes to bring a final vote to the floor when congress goes back in session next monday. >>> so residents in coastal new england are cleaning up after yet another blast of winter weather following the big bli
to vote on whether to move forward on chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense. >>> chicago voters in congressman jesse jackson jr.'s district will brave the snow to replace him. >>> if the senate finance committee approves jack lew as the trek social secretary today a full senate vote could come as early as tomorrow. >>> on top of all that, could lawmakers have the sequester $75 billion in spending cuts. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with the answer and more on that. >> reporter: mara, good morning. still no negotiations going on here in public here or behind the scenes. congress now back in session, but really no talks going on between them and the white house. president obama today heads to virginia where he'll speak at a ship builder concerned about jobs. they have job keshgzs in all 50 states. and the president is being criticized by house republicans, especially house speaker john boehner for not staying in washington. but as we're telling you there are serious differences on how to get rid of these deficits and to prevent the budget cuts from happening on friday.
're watching "early today." >>> welcome back. here are some other stories making news this morning. chuck hagel now has the 60 senate votes needed to be confirmed as the nation's next defense attorney after winning support from richard shelby of alabama. a vote is expected tuesday. >>> meanwhile, 15 republican senators have sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagels nomination saying he lacks broad bipartisan support. >>> former illinois cop drew peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife kathleen savio. in a rare courtroom outburst 59-year-old screamed "i did not kill kathleen." peterson is still a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife stacy. >>> the russian cruise ship was adrift in the ocean after the cable snapped twice. the ship's owner is in talks with salvage companies to locate and retrieve it. >>> massive mutant gold fish are being found in lake tahoe. septembers believe they were dumped there by aquarium owners and could have a negative impact on the lake's species. >>> and the deadbeat dan. robert sams pl
at chuck hagel this week. with those hearings. will he end up, in fact, being confirmed. >> i think he is going to end up getting confirmed. i talked with one republican senator, roy blunt, who said he is going to vote no on hagel but not going to support a fil fillibuster. the bigger question, is he politically strong enough to do the things that need to be done in the defense department? there will be some huge budget battles. considering how badly he was treated by republicans and this relationship being as bad as it is between senate republicans and chuck hagel, can he he be effective in the job? >> open and very important. we will check back with you to see what's coming up on meet the press. >>> tom llamas is in for jenna. >>> we begin with a scary ride home for a college visit for dozens of high school students in boston. the oversize charter bus they were in hit a low overpass sending 34 to the hospital. one is in critical condition. firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free some of them. they were on their way back to philadelphia after visiting harvard when the crash h
of secret government operations. >> an update on chuck hagel. we haven't heard anything on him. >> the vote to confirm him was supposed to happen today, this morning. it was postponed last night. the head of the committee said the senate group is not done reviewing the nomination. some republicans have a press concerned about some answers last week, the lack of details about money he has received over the past five years. >> hallie jackson, thank you. >> it is taken almost 10 years but apple has reached a new milestone -- 25 billion songs on itunes. it was purchased by a customer in germany who received a gift card worth more than $13,000. custom must download 15,000 songs and milli minute. the move to save billions of dollars, the postal service will end saturday mail service beginning in august. post offices will remain open. the proposal still needs congressional approval. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. how do you feel about the postal service stopping its saturday mail delivery service? you can share your response on wbaltv.com, on our facebook page, or send us
panetta is critical of this week's confirmation hearings for former senator chuck hagel. he said the hearings should have been less political and partisan and more about the tough issues hagel would face. >> what about when a secretary of defense is confronting today, what about the war in afghanistan, the war on terrorism, what about the budget sequester and the impact it's going to have on readiness? what about the middle east turmoil? what about cyber attacks? all of the issues that confront a secretary of defense, frankly, those were -- we just did not see enough time spent on discussing those issues. >> you can see chuck todd's full interview with defense secretary leon panetta and with the joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey tomorrow on "meet the press." >>> up next the 15-year-old who was nominated for the moebl peace prize. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes.
on the response to the benghazi attack. right now there's no replacement for leon panetta because chuck hagel has yet to be confirmed. >> forget talk of a post christmas slump for retailers. january revenue was up 5.1%. barbershopper is were taking advantage of clearance sales. there are rising gas prices and a 2% payroll tax hike. consumer borrowing rose by 14 port $6 billion -- $14.6 billion, the highest level on record. credit card debt fell by $3.6 billion. lawmakers are allowing natural gas companies to seek a surcharge of up to $2 to help recover costs to replace aging infrastructure. the surcharge that still has to be approved. those who voted for the bill said the boost is necessary to help repair aging pipes. opponents cite the company should not be asking for extra money. it could be happy friday if you're looking to list your home. jane king has the bloomberg business report. good morning. happy friday. >> tgif if you are selling your home. today is the best day to list it. homes listing on friday sold for 99% of the asking price. proper is also the fastest on friday, 81 days on averag
for threatening neighbors. chuck hagel will be back on capitol hill again today. he was questioned about his opposition views on the iraq war. he is expected to win confirmation and become the first enlisted men to serve as defense secretary. >> the super bowl is big business but not all those businesses are legitimate. more than $30 million worth of fake nfl merchandise has been seized. to national shipments of counterfeit merchandise were targeted. fake jerseys and baseball caps were confiscated. they have shut down 313 websites and have made 23 arrests. the labor department will release the january jobs report. hallie jackson gives us a preview. >> economists are predicting we will see basically what we have been seeing. the unemployment rate around 720% for the third year in a row -- 7.8%. >> we will see positive economic growth and job creation this year. >> the economy shrank by a tenths of a percentage point. >> president obama spent an entire election promising americans ever return to robust economic growth was right around the corner. >> there was a fourth quarter economic shrinkag
blocked a vote to move former republican senator chuck hagel's nomination along as defense secretary. it's a delaying tactic, as several of them press the white house for more information on the attack in benghazi last september 11th. >>> it may just be appropriate timing on this valentine's day. a major corporate marriage made official. american airlines and usairways are now one giant airline. the largest in the world. it's a deal designed to pull american up and out of bankruptcy, and make it better able to compete in the big leagues. but what does it mean for all those of us who fly? our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: since 1934, american airlines has been a corporate icon. helping to build new york's laguardia airport, hiring the first female airline pilot, the first electronic tickets. ♪ something special in the air >> reporter: but after years of struggle, it surrendered to bankruptcy protection in late 2011. today, a lifeline in the form of an $11 billion merger with usairwa usairways. >> we will once again be an industry leader, worthy of the name america
of chuck hagel as defense secretary on hold were do thing goes from here? >> reporter: well, on "meet the press," senator john mccain said while he doesn't believe hagel is qualified, he also doesn't believe his nomination process should be held up any longer. the full senate is expected to vote on hagel when it reconvenes next week. >> kristen welker tonight. thank you. >>> as you just heard, one of the big issues in the immigration debate is border security. despite progress claimed by the federal government, nbc's mark potter found that for some americans who live near mexico, the border is anything but secure. >> reporter: in the rugged terrain south of tucson, arizona, advocates concerned buzz border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed who cross the border and travel miles north inside the united states. >> a trail coming in. >> reporter: it's why rancher david beckham made the painful de
on the hill, the president's choice for defense, chuck hagel, was confirmed today by a 58-41 vote in the senate. he's a former republican senator from nebraska, though some of his roughest treatment was at the hands of fellow republicans. when he walks into the pentagon as the new secretary of defense, he will be the first vietnam veteran to have that job. he still carries shrapnel with him from combat, where he earned two purple hearts. >>> now to the weather, as another big storm pounds the plains and the midwest. you can see it is a huge system, as it sweeps across the country now from west to east. it has dumped more than two feet of snow outside denver. it's caused blizzard conditions through kansas, missouri, oklahoma, and they're having a genuine, classic winter evening in chicago. that's where we find weather channel meteorologist eric fisher on michigan avenue tonight. eric, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. we're not seeing those up to hurricane-force gusts that we had across the plains that wreaked havoc yesterday, but we are seeing that same heavy, wet sn
longer. tara mergener has more. >> good morning. the vote to advance chuck hagel's nomination fell short yesterday. it could be another 10 days before a new secretary of defense takes the helm. >> on this vote, the yeas are 58. >> the senate did not meet the threshold to move the nomination to a final vote. >> this is a high school, 24 a football game. we are trying to confirm somebody to run the defenses of this country. >> after two days of nomination on the floor, the republicans have information to seek, they should be allowed to do that. >> republicans are holding up the process. they want more details about the diplomatic mission in benghazi. >> i believe senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> critics say the administration has not been forthcoming. president obama says republicans are playing politics with national security. >> i need a secretary of defense who is coordinating with our allies to make sure our troops are getting the kind of mission they deserve. >> meantime secretary panetta will stay put until the job is filled. another confirmation vote is s
to confirm chuck hagel. ending a very contentious fight over president obama's choice for the position to be part of a national security team. the republicans cast him as overly critical of israel. the secretary is stepping down after four years. >> more young women are being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. seattle researchers study the data and found a 2% increase. young women typically have a worse prognosis because they're less likely to be screened for breast cancer. tumors tend to be more aggressive and less likely to have health insurance. a new study says that gastric bypass surgery may not be just for weight-loss anymore. researchers followed several patients. those that other when the bypass surgery were more likely to have restored function to their pancreas, even eliminating diabetes months after the procedure. it is what helps restore the pancreas to full health and even produce insulin again. it is the number one killer in the united states. there may be a solution made from fat tissue. these regenerative cells found in a person's own extra fat, they hope that the o
, in most cases, to spend anything. >> reporter: also tomorrow, the senate is expected to consider chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary once again. brian, this time the republican filibuster is expected to fail. hagel could be confirmed as early as this wednesday. >> peter alexander at the white house tonight. peter, thanks. >>> almost thankfully we at least get to talk about the weather, even though it is a massive blizzard churning its way across this country tonight. watches and warnings are up in several states, many already hard-hit. now facing what is shaping up to be another record-breaker in some parts. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel joins us from wichita, kansas tonight. hey, mike. good evening. >> hey, good evening, brian. all or parts of 20 states tonight into wednesday are under some type of winter weather warning or advisory. it stretches from texas to maine. meanwhile, this morning the plains got hit hard by howling wind and blinding snow. the storm hit hard in the predawn hours in the texas panhandle. >> oh, my god, dude. >> reporter: 2 to 3-inch per h
wage. up to $9 an hour. >> hallie jackson, thank you. 33 degrees at the airport. chuck hagel is one step closer to being confirmed by the senate. the committee voted to pass his nomination on to the full senate. his nomination has been contentious because of his stance on the war on iraq and iran. the end is in sight for passengers stranded on a cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. it should be in port no later than thursday. the ship has been stranded since a fire in the engine room. have been sweltering conditions and poor food and only five working toilets. >> when it comes to picking up flowers, who offers the best bouquets? prices range from $17 tomorrow than $100. people have different opinions. different people take different favorites and a side-by-side comparison. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. how far in advance do you prepare for valentine's day, either ordering flowers or buying gifts? you can share your response on wbaltv.com, on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. netflix is placing its bets on kids who streamed vid
a vote. >> reporter: brian, also tonight, a setback for the president's pick for defense secretary, chuck hagel, because of continued republican opposition. hagel will need 60 votes to be confirmed, not the usual simple majority. that's the first time that's ever happened for a defense secretary nominee. that vote showdown will happen before the end of this week. >> peter alexander at the white house for us tonight. peter, thanks. >>> and now to what has become a very unsavory story about conditions on board a cruise ship deteriorating very rapidly. it is no carnival tonight on board the carnival vesicle "triumph" after a fire, a power failure, a bathroom failure, an air conditioning failure, a foot shortage and now a tow into port in mobile, alabama, to end the suffering on board what was supposed to be a nice escape for over 3,000 passengers. our report tonight from nbc's janet shamlian in mobile. >> reporter: these are the passengers who have been toughing it out on the crippled "triumph," living four days now without power, working toilets or enough food. the photos were taken from an
alarm bells. officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who, as you point out, is a republican who spent 12 years here in the senate representing nebraska. that should have made him very familiar with hearing that can get contentious, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iranian government as a legitimate government. i want your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say is it's recognizable, is recognized at the united nations. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'm a strong supporter of israel. i have been. i will continue to be. >> reporter: while hagel had done prep sessions in advanced, he appeared unprepared when challenged on past statements, like saying the jewish lobby intimidates on capitol hill. >> name one person, in your opinion, who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> we
vote to confirm defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. they will try again to advance his confirmation when they return from a ten-day recess. >>> former presidential candidate now a grandfather to 20 children. ann tweeted the good news on valentine's day about her growing family and share this had picture of the proud mom and dad, mary and craig romney. congratulations to them. >>> most wives might expect their husbands to surprise them on valentine's day, this woman turned the tables by hiring a singing telegram to serenade her hubby where he works, the dmv in kansas. ♪ >> all righty then. too much caffeine? that's phil harmonic, belting out "kiss from a rose" bringing out laughter there from the dmv for the first time in history. >> i want to go to that dmv. there's nobody there. >> that line is great. >> what is that? is it closed? >> if you need to have your driver's license renewed, you know where to go. >> pleasant-looking dmv. >> clean, wide open, bright windows. >> a man in a red suit serenading you. >> i call it heaven! anyway, let's show you what we've got as far as your w
confirmation. chuck hagel should get committee approval today, which means he could be confirmed by thursday. >> valerie jarrett is senior adviser to president obama. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. how are you? >> very well, thank you. i do want to talk about the state of the union. let's start with north korea, which conducted its third and most powerful nuclear test overnight. convening an emergency meeting of the security council, the u.n. is, but what is left in the sanctions of one of the countries that is the most sanctioned and still defies? >> it violates multiple u.n. security resolutions. it is threatening to the united states, it is destabilizing and not necessarily in the best interest of north korea. it doesn't strengthen north korea. it makes it more vulnerable, isolates it and increases the impoverishment of the country. let's not get ahead that have meeting and see what happens. >> the president addressing the nation tonight, i want to start by reading you a quote from the president. now is the time to jump-start job creation, restart lending and invest in ar
, matt and savannah. good morning, everyone. defense secretary nominee chuck hagel after republicans stalled his nomination, the former gop senator is now back on track to win confirmation and succeed leon panetta. >>> violence in civil war this morning as a massive explosion rocks syria, hours after president bashar al assad's regime said it was prepared to hold talks with the rebels. they are unlikely to talk to the government they accuse of mass atrocities. according to human rights watch, the syrian military fired several ballistic missiles into residential areas of aleppo, killing more than 140 people, including 70 children. >>> today marks 20 years since the first attack on the world trade center here in new york city. the car bombing back in 1993 killed six people and left more than 1,000 others injured. the names of those victims are now inscribed at the september 11th memorial and a ceremony will be held there today. >>> a desperate race against time near monterey bay in california after the coast guard received a series of distress calls from an unidentified family, the las
't see chuck hagel, the defense secretary nominee. he had a rough time in the nomination hearing this afternoon. ted krug, the freshman from texas, went after him so personally and so vigorously, that even john mccain and other critics of haggle came to his defense and he ended up with a 14-11 vote in committee and it will go to the floor now, so he likely will be confirmed, perhaps as soon as thursday. >> those just joining us, we want to bring you up to date on what's happening. the president has left the holding room and has approached the doorway, and you see the cameras getting ready to focus in. and you will hear him introduced by the sergeant at arms, paul irving. >> the president of the united states.3 f1 >> "the washington post" today becomes kind of a once every couple of years event, talks about how coveted the aisle seats are, how firmly protected they are by their occupants. the scramble to get a good seat, meaning face time and camera time with the president, as he comes down the hallway, say nothing of the rest of the leadership. a fixture on the aisle, somebody we
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